When a person loses a job in a tough economy, it can be difficult to find another. Typically, when a person becomes unemployed, standard unemployment benefits are enough to sustain him until a new job can be found. However, due to high national unemployment, the federal government has extended unemployment benefits for those in high-need states like Nevada.
In the state of Nevada, unemployment insurance is paid for by the employer. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen who worked in Nevada before becoming unemployed, you may be able to qualify for benefits. You must also be found to be unemployed through no fault of your own, as determined by the state of Nevada. Like many states, Nevada offers a total of 26 weeks of standard unemployment benefits. Wage, employment and job status requirements must also be met before benefits can be received.
In 2008, the national unemployment rate became high enough that the federal government decided to provide additional unemployment insurance for those states with the greatest need. These additional benefits are known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). EUC consists of four benefit tiers, which decline in duration the longer benefits are used. Tier 1 consists of 20 weeks, and the three remaining tiers consist of 14, 13, and six additional weeks of benefits, respectively. To receive EUC in Nevada, applicants must have exhausted all 26 weeks of standard benefits, and, once approved, must use all benefits in a tier before being able to receive the next.
Due to Nevada's continued high unemployment rate, the state also offers State Extended Benefits (SEB), sometimes referred to as Tier 5 benefits. The requirements for receiving such benefits are stringent in comparison to other unemployment programs. To be eligible, applicants must be making a "good faith" effort to find work every week regardless of union attachment or temporary layoff status. If approved, recipients must mail in a weekly update of all employers contacted during that week, as well as dates, names, type of work applied for and method of contact.
The total amount of unemployment benefits offered by the state of Nevada is 99 weeks. Applicants may apply for the standard 26 weeks of benefits and the Tier 1 extension, required to be automatically eligible for Tiers 2, 3, and 4, online or in person at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Once an extended benefits claim is established, recipients may also qualify for State Extended Benefits if all other benefits options have been exhausted.
Sophia Harrison began writing professionally in 2007. She has a Master of Arts in economics from the University at Buffalo-SUNY, as well as experience working in the New York City financial industry.